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With national attention riveted on how chads in Florida have thrown the nation into an electoral morass, Los Angeles County officials are thinking about ditching punch-card machines and spending $100 million on the newest in paperless technology. Three of the five members of the Board of Supervisors say the county needs to upgrade its voting machines, although they said any move might have to be made in small, more affordable steps.
December 24, 2002 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's registrar of voters has selected an electronic voting system to replace the aging punch-card machines that have caused a number of recent election-night snafus. The registrar decided not to go with a popular touch-screen system but selected a machine that uses a wheel that allows voters to highlight selected candidates. The system will also allow the blind and non-English speakers to vote without special assistance.
November 10, 2003 | Tim Reiterman and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
As secretary of state in 2001, Bill Jones moved to rid California of the type of antiquated voting machines that helped throw the presidential election into turmoil in Florida. Then last year he sponsored a successful $200-million industry-backed bond measure that gave counties money to buy high-tech replacements. Now, the former elections chief is a paid consultant to one of the major voting machine firms vying for that business.
March 23, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Grand Jury has decided not to review problems with the county's new voting machines in the March 2 election, and instead will rely on two county supervisors to investigate the matter, the panel's foreman said Monday. The chairman of a community activist group that sought the probe said he was disappointed by the decision. "They're abrogating their responsibilities and washing their hands of it," said Amin David, president of Los Amigos of Orange County.
May 11, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Sol Vanzi, Los Angeles Times
Filipinos on Monday appeared set to elect as president the son of late democracy icon Corazon Aquino in an attempt to turn a corner on long years of alleged graft and election fraud. Sen. Benigno Aquino III held a commanding lead with votes from just under 80% of precincts tallied nationwide. He led a nine-candidate presidential race with 40% of the vote, followed by his closest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, who had 25%. Officials say it could take several days to proclaim an outright winner.
September 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) added her name to a bill that would require electronic voting machines to produce a paper record of ballots, one day after a machine she tested in Maryland produced an erroneous result. She signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation filed by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.). Graham's bill was introduced in response to fears that electronic voting machines used nationwide were subject to human error, could fail or be tampered with.
June 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The manufacturer of touch-screen voting equipment will pay for San Diego County voters to use paper ballots through November 2006, and the county will make its first payment toward the electronic voting machines it bought last year. County officials will also refrain from suing Diebold Election Systems Inc. as part of the agreement announced Wednesday.
October 30, 2008
Re "California sees a surge in mail-in voting," Oct. 27 Nowhere in the article on early voting do you mention that many of us vote by mail because -- after the last two elections -- we don't trust voting machines. For many years, I enjoyed using our garage as a polling place. Then, it apparently was decided that the machines wouldn't fit there, so the polling place was moved to a nearby church. It wasn't the general public that decided to abandon the lovely ritual of voting in neighborhood garages.
November 8, 1992 | Associated Press
About 10,000 Floridians had their votes for President thrown out because they did not understand voting machines, but not enough votes were lost to affect the result, said state elections director Dot Joyce. President Bush won the state by about 85,000 votes in Tuesday's election.
June 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The League of Women Voters rescinded its support of paperless voting machines after hundreds of members voiced concern that paper ballots were the only way to safeguard elections from fraud, hackers or computer malfunctions. About 800 delegates who attended the nonpartisan league's biennial convention voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that supports "voting systems and procedures that are secure, accurate, recountable and accessible."
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